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Autumn — it’s that cozy time of year that makes us think of pumpkins, apple pies, and falling leaves. It’s also the time when all the green in our surroundings seems to be sucked out by the coming winter. The fall can take a toll on the outer appearance of a house if you don’t give your property the attention it needs. It can also be a great time to do some needed maintenance before the weather makes outdoor work too unappealing. It’s no secret that curb appeal is a key component of catching potential buyers’ interest. If your property will be on the market this fall, be sure to check out these curb appeal tips:
Plant Colorful Flowers
One way to brighten up the appearance of your property, especially with the impending gray and cloudy days, is by replacing any dead plants with ones that can thrive in the fall weather. Mums and other flowers can be a great option. They don’t mind the cooler temperatures and less sunlight, and they come in beautiful fall colors. Keep life and color surrounding the property to make it appealing to buyers throughout the season.
Clean up the Exterior
In the summer, lush greenery can hide, or at least distract from, some of our properties less appealing features. In the fall though, as some of that greenery disappears, the property’s exterior tends to stand out more. Depending on the condition of the outside, power washing, repainting, or touching up chips in the paint are all options to consider. A quick fix that can really boost a property’s appearance is to give the front door a fresh coat of paint. You also want to make sure that all the windows are clean and free of streaks and dirt.
Check the Gutters
All those falling leaves can quickly clog gutters. For prospective buyers, clogged gutters are a sign that the property isn’t well maintained. It’s a small detail, but prospective buyers notice these things, and they can be a turn off. Clogged gutters can also be a danger to your property in terms of water damage, so whether you think buyers will notice the gutters or not, it’s always a good idea to ensure that they stay clean throughout the fall.
Don’t skimp on lighting
Shorter, cloudier days make autumn a darker time of year. We all know light is important to most buyers when looking at the inside of a home, but lighting is important outside as well. Illuminating the pathway to the front door and the door itself can make a property look appealing, even on a gloomy day.
Keep decorations minimal
The natural burst of color that fall flowers can give a property is almost all it needs in terms of decorations. A wreath on the front door or a simple welcome mat can also be nice touches. When trying to sell a property, less is more when it comes to decorations. For some buyers, decorations feel cluttered and cheesy; they will appreciate the clean and simple exterior. For others who love decorations, they’ll be able to envision their own on the property without the distraction of preexisting ones.
Replace House Number as Needed
You want potential buyers to be able to easily spot your house number. Old and faded numbers can make a property look dated and uncared for. Check out your property from a distance, and see how the numbers look. Replacing them is a relatively quick and inexpensive fix that can give the appearance an added boost.
With these few simple tips you can make your property more attractive to buyers this autumn. The key to fall curb appeal is keeping life, color, and light around your property even when plants are dying and sunny days are less frequent. Whether you’re just listing the property or it’s been on the market for a while, take the season change as an opportunity to refresh the exterior and make the property more appealing to prospective buyers.